Maurice Cheeks Rumors
“He was really quiet off the court with other people. But with us he was jovial,” Cheeks said. “He was fun. His persona was tough because he was that kind of player. But just being around his friends and his teammates he was just a fun guy.” More than anything else, Cheeks will remember Malone’s laugh. “His laugh was so infectious,” Cheeks said. “I think about it now and it just brings tears to my eyes. He laughed with such energy in his laugh and it just kind of goes through everybody.”
Cheeks described Malone, even at 60, as a health nut who worked out religiously. It made Sunday’s news all the more shocking. “He always joked anytime I called him,” Cheeks said. “No matter what, if a month went by, two months, a week, whatever, if I called him and said ‘How much you weigh, Mo?’ He’d say ‘285.’ No matter what. He didn’t have any problems. People I talked to recently, like (Sunday), they saw him and he was fine. He was healthy.”
Dawkins’ funeral and burial Wednesday will be private, for family only. But Tuesday afternoon was a public viewing and for four hours in 95-degree heat a steady stream arrived by shuttle bus or walked up the hill from the parking lot at the Catasauqua Park to pay their respects. Ex-76ers teammate Maurice Cheeks filed through the line and then sat in a pew about halfway back in the church. Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, a resident of Easton, stopped at the gold-colored casket, where the flamboyant Dawkins wore, of course, a bright red suit with silver pinstripes.
Royce Young: Thunder have officially announced their coaching staff: Monty Williams, Mo Cheeks and Anthony Grant are assistants. The Thunder also add Billy Schmidt as “quality control coach.” Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic will also remain on staff as assistants.
Darnell Mayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA head coaches on staff. With Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams and Anthony Grant, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have three former head coaches at his side.
Marc Stein: Maurice Cheeks addendum: Cheeks’ good relationship with Russ Westbrook after his first OKC stint would make him handy aide to Billy Donovan